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Police say man was running puppy mill

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Dacula man who police say operated a puppy mill was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges.

People buying pets from Tyrone "Ty" Francis Morsello and his company, World Wide Brokerage U.S.A., complained about the conditions dogs were living in said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Moloney said the animals had filthy water and lived in dirty conditions. The animals that had been purchased suffered from illnesses associated with neglect, he said.

Morsello, 35, was issued 67 citations for animal cruelty and released. Police serving a search warrant at his home, on 2411 Harbins Road, saw more than half the dogs there suffering from various stages of neglect, Moloney said.

Moloney said about 67 dogs were impounded and taken for treatment. The dogs that were impounded include Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas and Springer Spaniels.

They are being treated by various animal hospitals and rescue organizations.